A Revere man was sentenced to life in prison today after admitting in a Boston courtroom that he participated in the 2009 murder of an innocent bystander in Dorchester.
Abiona Sharpe appeared in Suffolk Superior Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of second degree murder for the May 13, 2009 shooting of Freddie Bing, who was 49 years old when he was killed. Sharpe, 21, will be eligible parole after serving 15 years. He also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 2.5 years.
Sharpe admitted that he opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle on Wilcock Street in retaliation for the murder of 16-year-old Terrence Jacobs, who was savagely attacked on Wilcock Street in 2007. Four men have since been sentenced to life imprisonment for Jacobs' killing.
Sharpe’s co-defendant, 18-year-old Damante Burrell, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and gun charges two weeks ago, according to Suffolk prosecutors. He is serving up to 25 years in state prison.
According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Bing was not a participant in Jacobs murder, but still died as a result of retaliatory violence.Prosecutors said Bing was standing with a group of friends, talking, when the two men opened fire.
“That stupid, shameful mindset has left too many innocent people – adults and children both – dead in this city,” Conley said in a statement. “It has to stop.”
After the gunfire, Boston police flooded the neighborhood and quickly found the firearms, the vehicle used in the shooting along with Sharpe and Burrell, according to prosecutors.
But neither police nor Bing's friends spotted where he ran after the shooting started. His friends assumed he had gone home; instead his body was found the next morning lying in a backyard of a Wilcock Street home. He had been shot in the foot, thigh and torso, prosecutors said.
“No term of years can return Mr. Bing to his family and no proceedings could ever make sense of his death,” Conley said in a statement. “We hope, however, that these sentences and the defendants’ admissions of guilt can bring his loved ones and friends some satisfaction that the truth has been found and justice has been done in his name.”
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